I have a problem with people who claim that they can’t stomach images of animals being slaughtered.
In my October 12, 2012, commentary, “Exposed: Animal Cruelty at an Idaho Dairy Farm,” I wrote: “To he who lacks the courage to engage his conscience – I say: Your avoidance is contemptible.”
Most of that avoidance is exercised when horrifying images find their way into news reports, as has video of a man in New Mexico shooting an otherwise healthy-looking horse in the head.
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Times’ John Glionna reported that “the clip, posted on YouTube, shows an employee of a southeastern New Mexico slaughterhouse – a business that is seeking federal approval to slaughter horses – shooting a colt between the eyes with a .45-caliber handgun after he taunts activists who have opposed reintroducing horse slaughter in the U.S.”
Like many other news stations, the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based CBS affiliate KRQE “blurred” the portion of the video (included above) that shows the horse’s brutal execution.
By shielding their viewers in this way, media outlets are protecting institutions that would prefer to keep hidden the brutality that feeds their bottom lines.
So-called “ag-gag” legislation and the sinister Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and state adaptations thereof represent the extent to which captains of murderous industry – with the eager help of the sycophantic power brokers who do their bidding – will go to keep the killing floors open for business.
The more evolved among us must challenge others to not only watch videos like the one included above, but to look carefully at the many sickening images that have been made available by those who’ve gone undercover to document the ongoing holocaust.
It is worth asking: Would the holocaust continue if slaughterhouse operators were forced to install webcams on the killing floors?